User Guide

Please note: due to time constraints the help has not yet been updated to reflect the current version of Quoll Writer. It will be updated soon!

Chapters Overview

The chapter, as you might expect, holds the text for your story. Each chapter has it's own tab in Quoll Writer, an example is shown below:

The Chapters List

On the left is the chapters panel, this is where all the chapters for your story are listed, it is also where you can manage the chapters including moving them up and down in the list via drag-n-drop.

To access the functions available for a chapter just right click on the chapter name in the chapters list.

Scenes and Plot Outline Items

When you have added one or more scenes and plot outline items then they will be displayed in the chapters list under the chapter, for example:

Plot outline items, indicated by the icon, scenes by the icon.

As with each chapter, both scenes and plot outline items have their own menu that can be accessed by right clicking on the item.

The Chapter Tab

To edit the text each chapter has it's own tab. The tab consists of two parts, on the left the pale blue sections holds icons to indicate where in the text you have added scenes, plot outline items and notes, for example:

To view any of the items just click on the associated icon in the left hand column.

Right click on the left hand column to access the menu which allows you to add new items into the text.

Chapter information

You can also record a description and goals for a chapter, to access the chapter information just right click anywhere on the chapter tab or the chapter in the chapter list and select View Chapter information, a tab such as the one below will be displayed:

Changing the chapter preview information

When you move your mouse over a chapter in the chapter list a popup will appear with information about that chapter. By default Quoll Writer will display some basic information about the chapter such as word count and number of spelling errors. You can also modify what is displayed, in the Options panel, select How things look and sound, then click on Change what is displayed.

You can use basic HTML tags to provide formatting for the information, however it is recommended that you only use the following HTML tags:

  • <b></b> - bold the text
  • <i></i> - italicize the text
  • <u></u> - underline the text

The following special values (tags) can be used to output certain information about the Chapter.

  • {d} - the full description of the chapter
  • {df} - the first line of the description of the chapter
  • {fl} - the first line of the chapter
  • {wc} - the word count, example: 1,234 words
  • {sp} - the number of spelling errors in the chapter, example: 15 spelling errors
  • {ch} - the chapter count, example: 3 chapters
  • {pf} - the number of problem finder problems there are in the chapter, example: 35 problems
  • {le} - date the chapter was last edited, example: Last Edited: 23 Jun 2015
  • {ec} - the edit complete %, i.e. how much of the chapter has been marked as edited, example: 25% complete
  • {r} - the readability, example GL: 6, RE: 80, GF: 8 (where GL is the Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, RE is the Flesch Reading Ease and GF is the Gunning Fog Index) See the readability page for more details.

The default format used in Quoll Writer is:

{d} {wc}, {ec}, {le} {sp}, {pf}

Example:

This chapter is going to be about stuff happening. 12,123 words, 23% complete, Last Edited: 23 Jul 2015 15 spelling errors, 8 problems

For just the description and last edited date use:

{d} {le}

Example:

This chapter is going to be about stuff happening. Last edited: 23 Jul 2015

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